By Breeonne Baxter on January 28, 2011
Coaching@UBC is accepting applications for the 2011 intake for Coaching Internship Applications. Successful candidates will receive funding towards coach training at an institution of their choice. Please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/become-a-coach/coaching-internship/ for full details and application documents.
Funding is negotiated based on funds available with a maximum of three applications considered annually. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2011.
For more information about Coaching@UBC, or to sign up for Coaching Services, visit www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 6, 2010
Premium rates for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are increasing, effective Jan. 1, 2011. UBC Employees who pay their MSP premiums through payroll deduction will see the increased cost on their Dec. 31, 2010 paycheque.
The new premiums will increase by $3.50 per month for individuals and $7 per month for couples and families. The new rates are:
- Single: $60.50
- Couple (family of two): $109.00
- Family (family of three or more): $121.00
The UBC employer and employee cost-sharing percentages for calculating MSP premium deductions will remain unchanged. For example, employees who pay 75% of the MSP monthly premium will continue to pay 75% of the new premium rate. Please note that MSP deductions are taken one month in advance, so you will see the increased deduction on the Dec. 31, 2010 paycheques for employees who pay the full or partial cost.
For a detailed list of the adjusted monthly rates by employee group and premium cost-sharing arrangement, please visit the UBC Human Resources Benefits Premium Rates page.
By Kathy Pang on November 23, 2010
The latest issues of the Faculty Pension Plan’s Pension News and the Staff Pension Plan Update are available online. Faculty Pension Plan members will have received their newsletter with their Q3 2010 member statements in mid-November. Staff Pension Plan members will receive their newsletter starting the week of November 22. Both newsletters consist of important articles for members regarding their respective Plans and contain relevant news on pensions and investments.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 28, 2010
Elections for the Staff Pension Plan Board of Directors and the Faculty Pension Plan Board of Trustees are now underway.
Exercise your vote in this year’s elections
Staff Pension Plan Directors Election
Election packages were mailed to plan members on Oct 28.
Voting closes midnight Nov 25.
Vote online at the SPP website.
Faculty Pension Plan Trustee Election
Election packages were mailed to plan members on Oct 20.
Voting closes midnight Nov 15.
Vote online at the FPP website.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 28, 2010
The Fall 2010 issue of Benefits FYI is here! Check out this edition, which features stories on:
- New Sun Life sign-in page for plan members
- The UBC Health Challenge
- Benefits at the UBC Thrive Wellness Fair
Read Benefits FYI: Fall 2010 online.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 20, 2010
- The New Benefits Website
- Sun Life Closes Edmonton Office
- Going Green Update
- New Requirements for Orthopaedic Shoes and Orthotics
By Kathy Pang on August 10, 2010
Faculty Pension Plan members will start receiving their 2010 second quarter newsletter and statement packages this week.
In this issue of the Pension News:
- “Paving the Path: A Look at Retirement Planning”
- Upcoming Retirement Workshops
- Market Commentary
- Fund Performance and Composition
- Account Requests at myPension
- Trustee Election
- FPP Info Seminar at Okanagan Campus
View the FPP 2010 Second Quarter newsletter.
By Stephanie Mah on July 8, 2010
UBC’s Benefits insurance provider, Sun Life, is changing the claims process for custom-made orthopaedic shoes or orthotics purchases.
Effective Aug. 1, 2010, a detailed lab invoice will be required when you submit your claim. The detailed lab invoice should include an itemized breakdown of the raw materials used, their cost, and any other associated costs incurred to manufacture the custom-made shoes or orthotics.
The new requirement will expedite the reimbursement process and will allow you to receive reimbursement quicker. It will also assist Sun Life in the detection and management of potentially fraudulent practices by some suppliers. Make sure you request this invoice from your provider for purchases on or after Aug. 1, 2010.
If you have any questions, please contact Benefits.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2010
If you’re thinking about retirement, check out the HR website at http://hr.ubc.ca/retiring/ for information about transitioning into retirement.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2010
Moving to a new house or apartment can be a busy and chaotic process. Once the dust has settled and you’ve managed to find the coffee cups, make sure to change your address with UBC, to ensure that you’ll continue receiving all information:
Faculty and Staff Self-Service
The one-stop address change location is in UBC’s Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal. Under the “myPersonal Info” tab, select “Home and Mailing Address” to update your address. While you’re there, make sure that your emergency contacts and email address are up-to-date as well!
Medical Services Plan (UBC Group Enrolment)
If you are enrolled in the provincial Medical Services Plan through UBC group enrollment (a direct debit from your UBC paycheque), you will need to contact Payroll to change your address on the MSP system:
- Fill out Section E of the MSP change form, and submit the form to Financial Services (Forms and addresses are available at the Benefits Forms page).
- Email Payroll, indicating that you need to change your address with MSP. You can find your payroll portfolio representative contact information online.